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Re: A good argument for XML

From: Jan Hidders <jan.hidders_at_REMOVETHIS.pandora.be>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 20:12:36 GMT
Message-ID: <Ushxe.135018$Fh1.7183493@phobos.telenet-ops.be>


arthernan_at_hotmail.com wrote:
>
> Looking at the information and shape of multiple reports, they
> resemble more XML (hierarchical) than tabular data. So why not have a
> better data processing tool that produces an XML that should only
> require light page forming to produce a report.
>
> That way the data processing and graphic report design can be
> logically separated.
>
> If we were going to take that route then it does make sense to
> have a query language that produces hierarchical file outputs. Today
> many people do this by querying the database from a procedural language
> and producing and XML iteratively. But leaves programmers like me
> hoping for a richer syntax.

Richer than, say, SQL-2003 or Date & Darwen's "Tutorial-D"? Note that these also allow you to define hierarchical data-structures (although not as unrestricted as XQuery would) but are easier to optimize than XQuery and are therefore much more likely to give you scalable solutions.

Received on Fri Jul 01 2005 - 15:12:36 CDT

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